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Thursday, July 23 2009
The Sanibel Bayous Preserve issued this update concerning the opening of Blind Pass. 

  • The Construction may conclude as early as Wednesday, July 29th pending weather. Current forecasts are favorable through Thursday but do not look good for Friday and Saturday.
  • The opening of Blind Pass, or removal of the last sheetpile wall, could occur as early as August 1. The opening will not occur prior to completion of the dredging in the Gulf or prior to marking the Pole & Troll zone in Wulfert Flats.
  • Lee County is considering authorizing additional dredging in the Gulf after the pass is ‘opened’ to extend the dredging as long as October. The additional work stems from infilling expected to occur immediately after the sheetpile wall is removed.
  • The Contractor is expected to continue working 24 hours per day until the initial work is completed in the Gulf.
  • Lee County will be removing up to 20 of the old bridge timber pilings that were found in the channel prior to removal of the sheetpile wall. The total number of pilings still in place from the old bridge is not known.
This is very exciting news for all the bayous home owners.  The water quality, which is very good right now, will get even better!.  Sanibel Island real Estate on the north end should see a boost in values as the water is even better and there will now be a shorter trip to access the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the photo below of Blind Pass from an offshore prospective. You can see the large cranes at work.

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 04:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, July 23 2009
Lee County Department of Transportation has decided to drop their plans to change the county toll structure, including the Sanibel Island Causeway toll.  After two public meetings, one on Sanibel and one in Cape Coral, and meeting with the Sanibel City Council this past Tuesday, they have decided not pursue their proposed changes.

The changes would have increased the toll expense for Sanibel Island residents and business owners considerably.  We are grateful that the Toll increase is off the table - at least for now.
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 04:17 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, July 16 2009
Wow!  If it isn't tough enough these days to bring a buyer and seller of a great piece of Sanibel Island Real Estate together, the appraisal process these days isn't helping.  As many know, the rules were changed a couple of months back prohibiting any possible interference in the appraisal process by Mortgage Banks and Realtors.  The feeling was that part of the cause of our housing meltdown throughout the country was overly inflated appraisals that then allowed the banks to lend more money on a property than it was actually worth.  The resulting rules have brought the Real Estate market, across the country, to a virtual standstill.

Here on Sanibel Island we have had numerous "appraisal incidents" that have grossly under valued properties, the most agregious being when a direct access canal home was compared (or comped) to a lake front inland property.  This lack of understanding of the local real estate market has created a big headache for buyers, sellers, bankers and Realtors.  Take a look at this USA Today article for a full accounting of the issues and the move to correct the situation. 
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Thursday, July 16 2009
Sanibel Island is known for sun, shells, lots of conservation property, bobcats and alligators.  A group of interested citizens are now working to make it known for something else - being leaders in the uses of renewable resources. 

I am chairing Sanibel Alliance for Renewable Resources (S.A.R.R.) and hoping that as many Sanibel residents and interested parties will join us as possible.  This make sense not only for the environment but also for the value of our property and the island.  It is totally in keeping with what makes the island special. 

The first initiative of the group is to educate and encourage the use of Solar Hot Water heating systems.  We feel that with all the sun energy available for free - this makes sense for the island.  Providers of these systems, including Advance Solar - are working with us to make this as affordable as possible, likely under $2,000 per system!  There are State grants and Federal Tax Credits available at this time to help the equation.  If you would like more information about the Alliance or would like to join us, please visit www.sanibelenergy.com.   To see our press release see Page 5 of the Island Sun
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 12:55 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 07 2009
Sanibel Island's Lighthouse Beach has been selected as the top Family beach on the Gulf Coast by Men's Journal.  In their recent edition, Men's Journal ranked the 20 best beaches in America by location and best amenities.  They also categorized the beaches and Sanibel Island got the number one ranking in the Family Beach category. 

Anyone who has ever wanted a beach vacation knows that what makes a great beach is the sand, the water and the density.  Well, Sanibel Island is top of class in all of these.  This is also what makes Sanibel Island Real Estate a solid performer over the long haul.  There isn't anymore beach being made so the fact that Sanibel Island has such long stretches of uninterrupted beach makes it special. 
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 05:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, July 05 2009

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are marking the days until Blind Pass is officially opened.  The current schedule is for the pass to be open July 25!.  On September 25th there will be a ribbon cutting to mark this historic event.  Be sure to mark your calendar!

 

 

                        Opening of Blind Pass Draws Near
        Blind Pass Restoration project engineers and contractors are hoping for calm weather and seas as they complete interior dredging of the pass and move dredge "Nate" into the Gulf of Mexico. Only one of the original four sheet pile walls remains in place parallel to the gulf coast. Dredging near the gulf is normally more difficult than interior dredging due to the coarser sand. But gulf waves make it impossible to use the small dredge. To take advantage of days when weather cooperates, work may continue throughout the evenings.
 
        Completion of the project is expected in July. (Fingers crossed.)  Please join Lee County, the City of Sanibel and the CEPD for a commemorative ribbon cutting on Friday, September 25 at 10:00am.  Preparations for a special Captiva celebration are underway.  As we reunite for the season we will hold a grand family event including a small boat flotilla, food and fun.  Get your boats ready!
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